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[kfs-verteiler] Carots Startup School und more on the topic of transfer

KFS email newsletter on 15 March 2022


Dear colleagues,

In today's newsletter we address the topic of "transfer". On the one hand, we would like to draw your attention to the CAROTS Startup School. This is particularly interesting if you are thinking about founding a scientific service company. You still have the opportunity to apply for this support until 21 March 2022. We would also like to report on what is currently going on in the area of transfer between research institutions and industry and the use of synchrotron radiation by companies. Do you have any additions? Please feel free to contact us.


Apply now: CAROTS 2.0 STARTUP SCHOOL offers coaching and webinars for scientists who want to discover their entrepreneurial potential

Scientists and engineers who work as researchers at a university or other research institution can apply for one of twelve places at the CAROTS STARTUP SCHOOL until 21 March 2022. Everyone with an idea for a new Scientific Service Company based on an advanced analytical technique, for example at a large-scale research infrastructure such as a synchrotron or a neutron source or in collaboration with a university, is welcome to apply. A place at the STARTUP SCHOOL includes individual coaching sessions with some of Europe’s leading CEOs of Scientific Service Companies as well as a webinar program teaching everything worth knowing to take the jump from scientist to entrepreneur. Participants will also get the opportunity to join a European network of likeminded people and successful scientific service companies. Online 1 to 1-coachings and monthly webinars will start in May 2022 through to October 2022. 

Scientific Service Companies act as innovative problem solvers and facilitate applicable tailor-made solutions to industrial and societal challenges involving industry and academia. Being knowledgeable about research instruments and methods are a key feature of their competence. Solving societal challenges, like the current Covid-19 pandemic or climate change, requires such a fast translation of scientific insights into innovative remedies, products and processes.

The BMBF wants to strengthen transfer

This year, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is drawing up an action plan on the subject of transfer. It is intended to help raise the innovation potential of basic research in Germany and to promote transfer to society and industry through specific measures. In addition, exchange and cooperation between science and industry are to be strengthened and the importance of basic research for the innovation chain and transfer activities made more visible.

The KFS has formed a "Transfer" working group

In order to be able to deal with the topic of transfer in depth, a working group has been formed in the KFS for this purpose. Birgit Kanngießer (TU Berlin), Bernd Hinrichsen (BASF) and Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt (KIT) regularly exchange ideas and are planning a workshop in April to discuss ways to strengthen the exchange between research centres, research institutions and companies. In fact, there are already many cooperations and other approaches that we can learn from. Important questions are, for example, what incentives can encourage the scientific staff in the institutions to cooperate with industrial partners or how such cooperation can be made visible to the funding bodies, how access can be facilitated, what start-ups need and how the exchange can be promoted. Transfer also includes making synchrotron radiation better known to scientists in industry, especially if they are new to the field, taking up new topics and using new findings in both applications and synchrotron methods. If you would like to contribute to the discussion, please contact Karin Griewatsch (

Transfer page on the SNI portal

Information on initiatives, funding and collaborations related to transfer in research with synchrotron radiation, neutrons and ions is compiled on this website: We look forward to further input!

More news on the KFS website

Since we do not want to send out a newsletter for every news item, we recommend that you check the KFS website for news and current events between the newsletters, see Soon, for example, we expect announcements about further activities in DAPHNE4NFDI, DIG-UM and the RÅC International Summer School 2022 (14-21.08.2022, Varberg, Sweden).

Selected dates and deadlines

17-18 March 2022: Online NFDI NeXus Workshop

20 March 2022: Deadline for free student registration for the Conference on Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons and Ion Beams at Large Facilities (SNI2022), Berlin, 05-07 Sept. 2022

21 March 2022: Application deadline for the CAROTS 2.0 STARTUP SCHOOL, May-October 2022

21 March 2022: Application deadline for 14th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation - SRI, Online, 28 March-01 April 2022

23 March 2022: Registration deadline for Deep Learning Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Aachen, 30-31 March 2022

31 March 2022: Registration deadline for EMBO Practical Course - Small angle neutron and X-ray scattering from biomacromolecules in solution, Grenoble, France, 20-24 June 2022

31 March 2022: Deadline for nominations for the Elisabeth Schiemann College of the Max Planck Society for Women Scientists

31 March 2022: Registration deadline for Approaches for in cellulo structural biology with X-rays, practical on-site training at the EMBL Hamburg and the European XFEL, Schenefeld, 16-17 May 2022

08 April 2022: Application deadline for X-Ray and Neutron Science - International Student Summer Programme at ILL/ESRF, Grenoble, France, 04-30 Sept. 2022

23 April 2022: Abstract deadline for Gordon Research Seminar - Diffraction Methods in Structural Biology, Bates College, Lewiston, United States, 23-24 July 2022

24 April 2022: Abstract deadline for Conference on Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons and Ion Beams at Large Facilities (SNI2022), Berlin, 05-07 Sept. 2022

Yours sincerely,

Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, KFS chair
Birgit Kanngießer and Bernd Hinrichsen, KFS Department of User Affairs and Industry
Karin Griewatsch, KFS PR

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